Cillian Murphy makes directorial debut

Cillian Murphy

By David Hennessy

The Irish star of films such as The Wind That Shakes the Barley and 28 Days Later Cillian Murphy has made his directorial debut with the video Hold Me Forever for Manchester group, Money. Murphy agreed to cut his directorial teeth on the band’s promo after being entranced by the track from the band’s debut album, The Shadow of Heaven. The video features dancers from the English National Ballet and was filmed at locations including The Old Vic theatre in London.

“Hold me Forever knocked me out when I first heard it,” said the 37 year old actor from Cork. “It’s a sublime mix of beautiful melody and arresting emotion – but uniquely it is not a love song. I wanted to try and match the song with images that were both visually elegant and powerful. For some reason ballet dancers kept coming into my head. The strength, commitment and fluidity of movement of the dancers seemed somehow to cut wonderfully to the song.”

Money are the highly rated fresh band made up of Jamie Lee, Charlie Cocksedge, Billy Byron and Scott Beaman. Their eagerly awaited debut album The Shadow of Heaven is out on August 26.

Murphy stars in Broken which is now out on DVD. He can also be seen in BBC’s forthcoming Peaky Blinders. He is currently filming Transcendence which is the directorial debut of Christopher Nolan’s long term cinematographer, Wally Pfister. Described as a sci-fi thriller, Transcendence also stars Johnny Depp, Morgan Freeman, Kate Mara, and Paul Bettany.




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